Nathan Whalen

Greenbank Farm works on warmer barn

It will be a little warmer during events at Greenbank Farm this winter. The Port of Coupeville recently spent more than $3,700 to repair the heaters in the farm’s Barn A, which is home to numerous events such as the holiday market that is currently underway on the weekends. It is one of two projects to improve the publicly owned facility.

Finalists chosen for reserve manager

The Trust Board of Ebey’s Landing announced the finalists for manager of the 17,500-acre reserve. The three finalists will be interviewed in January with a decision to be made shortly thereafter, said Lisbeth Cort, interim reserve manager.

Season of giving: Gifts from the Heart helping through holidays

About a dozen volunteers spent the morning of Dec. 18 sorting food being distributed to families on Central Whidbey Island.

Auditor: Island Transit failed to monitor use of vehicles, fuel cards

For a second time in as many years, state auditors are shining a spotlight on Island Transit's apparent lack of oversight over employee use of take-home vehicles and fuel cards. Island Transit has 14 vehicles and fuel cards assigned to staff members.

Students’ food drive helps into new year

A group of students at Coupeville Elementary School spent busy weeks collecting food for Gifts from the Heart food bank, which serves low-income families in Coupeville and Greenbank.

Work moves forward to promote Coupeville levies

Volunteers are laying the groundwork to promote two school levies going before Central Whidbey voters in February 2014.

Hospital searches for lead on bond project

Leaders at Whidbey General Hospital are looking for someone to coordinate construction of a new wing.

Hospital software cause bill struggles

Hangups in a new electronic records system caused delays in billings and reduced the amount of cash available at Whidbey General Hospital. Hospital officials said they are expecting to spend more than $7.5 million implementing an electronic records system provided by Meditech that originally went online in May.

Pay increase coming for food and clerical workers

Food service and clerical workers at Whidbey General Hospital got an early Christmas present. They are receiving a small pay increase thanks to a new three-year contract the Whidbey General Hospital Board of Commissioners approved during their Monday night meeting.

Coupeville schools get new phone numbers

Thanks to a technology levy, Central Whidbey parents will have a chance to contact their children’s teachers directly without having to go through a switchboard. The Coupeville School District recently spent approximately $25,000 to install a new phone system. The new system will tie into the one being used by the Oak Harbor School District and the City of Oak Harbor.

Crowds gather to celebrate holidays

Sub-freezing temperatures couldn’t put a chill on holiday spirit Saturday. Despite temperatures under 30 degrees, hundreds of people bundled up and braved the cold during the annual Greening of Coupeville celebration.

New WAIF director settling in

Leaders for Whidbey’s animal shelter tapped the Midwest to find a new executive director. Charles Vreeland started his tenure Nov. 4 as executive director for the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation.

Coupeville couple catches restaurant

Years toiling in the restaurant industry paid off for one Coupeville chef. Tyler Hansen, who recently moved to Whidbey Island, is the new owner of the Oystercatcher, a cozy little bistro located in downtown Coupeville.

Port comp plan amendment considered

The Island County Planning Commission is reviewing a comprehensive plan amendment that tweaks the zoning of the Greenbank Farm.

Festivities abound at Greening of Coupeville

The arterials of Coupeville will fill with festive-minded visitors eager to enjoy a holiday celebration Saturday. A full slate of events is on tap for the annual Greening of Coupeville, which takes place Dec. 7 throughout the historic town.

Festival association awards $30K in grants

Organizers of the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival reached new heights of community giving. With the recent awarding of approximately $30,000 in grants, the Coupeville Festival Association topped $800,000 worth of support benefiting the community over the 49-year history of the festival.

Shelly Burton

Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation fundraising continues

If fundraising goes as expected, stray animals caught on Whidbey Island could have a new home. Officials with the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation are raising money and constructing a new campus. Nearly $2 million has been raised and leaders are looking to collect another $1.8 million to pay for construction of a new 8,700-square-foot-building on 9.8 acres of land located across the street from the current shelter near Coupeville.

Shelly Burton

Sewing to help, one quilt at a time

Throughout the year, a group of women spent their Monday mornings sewing for a good cause. The 16 or so members of the women of the Coupeville United Methodist Church have been sewing hats, scarves and quilts of all sizes. Those items will be sold during the holiday bazaar that takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Coupeville United Methodist Church located on North Main Street. Money raised from the bazaar will be donated to organizations that help people on the local, regional and international level.

Coupeville Festival Association to award community grants Dec. 2

Thanks to a well-attended summer festival, tens of thousands of dollars will be awarded in the form of grants. The Coupeville Festival Association is awarding 15 grants totaling $30,000. Those grants will be awarded during an event scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2 at the Whidbey General Hospital conference room.

Coupeville school foundation awards grants

Educators in the Coupeville School District got some help thanks to some timely community fundraising. The Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools awarded around $3,000 worth of mini-grants to teachers at the elementary, middle and high schools as well as the district’s special education program.